We are thrilled to announce that award-winning author Helen Rutter has written a sequel to her debut bestseller, The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh (Scholastic). The book was inspired by Rutter’s son, who grew up with a stammer, and the sequel, The Funniest Boy in the World, will reunite readers with the much loved underdog hero Billy Plimpton. It will be published in February 2023.

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh received huge acclaim following its publication in 2021. Rutter’s debut won the Teach Primary Book Award, received a nomination for the Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award, Blue Peter Book Award and Branford Boase Award.

In the sequel, The Funniest Boy in the World, Billy Plimpton discovers what it’s like top become famous overnight. Celebrity comedian Leo Leggett takes Billy under his wing as his new sidekick, but when Leo tweets a clip of his act Billy suddenly becomes the most famous boy in the country. However, Leo’s motives start to become suspicious, and Billy must turn the tables in a very public way.

Of the news about her sequel, Rutter says: ‘Billy Plimpton was the character who made it possible for me to become an author in the first place and so it was wonderful to be back with him again. To explore his world further and spend more time with Skyla, Blakemore and Mr Osho was a total delight.’

Congratulations, Helen, we are so excited for this incredible sequel!